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The International Law Institute was honored to take part in the Belts and Road International Strategic Cooperation forum, held in Shenzhen, China on April 14 – 15th.  The forum was hosted by State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council [SASAC – the body governing state-owned enterprises in China] and the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs [SAFEA].  This program served as a sub forum to the 15th Annual Conference on International Exchange of Professionals.

In addition to SASAC and SAFEA the sub forum was co-sponsored by the Beijing Future-Land Information Consulting Co.

The International Law Institute together with the China International Legal Professional Alliance [CILPA] assembled experts from China and the US to discuss legal risk and risk prevention of ‘overseas investment compliance review’ and ‘intellectual property trade’ for Chinese SOEs expanding operations internationally, as part of the Belt and Road initiative.  

With the implementation of new Belt and Road initiatives and the expanded internationalized operations of Chinese central SOEs, identifying and mitigating legal risk has become of critical importance. It was our goal to bring awareness of potential risk related to intellectual property and complex international contract issues as central SOEs operate abroad.

The program was moderated by Ms. Helen CAI, General Manager of China International Intellectech Co. Ltd.  Speaking on behalf of CILPA and ILI were Dr. Richard Thurston, of Counsel, Duane Morris, LLP [NY and Taiwan offices].  Dr. Thurston previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., where he was also Chief Proprietary Information Officer (Trade Secrets), and Corporate Compliance Officer.   Dr. Thurston was joined by Mr. ZHENG ‘Chris’ Liu also from Duane Morris, LLP [DC office]. Also speaking were Mr. WANG Zhengzhi, Partner of Global-Law Law Firm [Beijing office], and Mr. CHEN Fayun, Senior Partner Grandall Law Firm.  Mr. CHEN also serves as Chair of the International Law & Practices Section of the Jiangsu Bar and also serves and a CEITAC arbitrator.  Participating for ILI was Robert Sargin, Deputy Director.

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 Mr. CHEN Fayun - Grandall Law Firm    Dr. Richard Thurston - Duane Morris, LLP    Mr. WANG Zhengzhi - Globe-Law Law Firm